H.S. roundup: NFA advances to semis on Outlow's buzzer-beater
Montville - Marcus Outlow made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give fourth-seeded Norwich Free Academy a 39-36 victory over No. 5 Waterford in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball tournament on Saturday night at St. Bernard School.
The Wildcats (16-6) join top-seeded Ledyard, No. 2 New London and No. 3 Woodstock Academy in Wednesday's semfinals at Waterford High School. New London plays Woodstock at 5:30 p.m. with NFA and Ledyard meeting at 7:30 p.m. Both games are rematches of last year's semifinals, which New London and NFA won, and bth games will be livestreamed on theday.com.
New London is the defending champion.
It was the second buzzer-beating 3-pointer for Outlow this season. He beat Bacon Academy, 46-43, with a 3-pointer on Jan. 14.
New London took a 55-33 halftime lead and went on to beat No. 10 Tourtellotte 92-79. Collin Sawyer led the Whalers (18-3) with 37 points and teammates Josh Maynard (21) and Jelani Lucas (15) also reached double figures.
Ledyard led 32-5 after one quarter and beat No. 9 Plainfield 87-56. Dominique Benson scored 18, DeAnte Bruton had 14 points, Khary Childs scored 12 and Phyllip Thomas had 11 points for the Colonels (18-3). Ryan Pambuku led Plainfield with 25 points.
Woodstock beat No. 6 Bacon Academy 59-56 in the other quarterfinal game.
In other games:
• Old Lyme was ousted from the Shoreline Conference tournament, losing to No. 3 East Hampton 87-61 in the quarterfinals. Drake Gavin led No. 6 Old Lyme (10-11) with 11 points and Zach Abrahamsson and Matt Watts-St. Germaine had 10 points each. East Hampton connected for 14 3-pointers.
• Waterford's Julio Gil-Martinez was the top local finisher at the New England Championships, placing third in the 55-meter dash in 6.51 seconds. New London's Orrin Parke also made it to the finals and finished sixth in 6.61. In addition, Ledyard's JoJo Schumaker was sixth in the long jump (21 feet, 3½ inches) and Fitch's Tyler Latham was seventh in the 55 hurdles (7.84).
In the girls' meet, New London's Francine Jacque placed fifth in the 300 (31.20) and Ledyard's Chenoa Sebastian was eighth in the 55 hurdles (8.66).
• Stonington scored 111.250 points to finish eighth in the Class S meet at Pomeraug. Paige Hackney had the top score for the Bears on the balance beam (7.35) and floor exercise (8.15) while Megan Roberts scored an 8.20 in the vault and Grace McCarthy had a 7.0 on the uneven bars. Woodstock won with 150.2 points.
• NFA finished seventh in the Class L championship with 128.3 points. The Wildcats were led by Taylor Churchill, who was NFA's top scorer in all four events - vault (9.25), uneven bars (9.1), balance beam (8.95) and floor exercise (9.3). Southington won the team title with 138.375 points.
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